This paper seeks to provide a commentary on the previous paper in this issue, “Love is simply not enough”.
The commentary draws on research findings and recent policy about personalisation to consider those factors influencing the development of effective family and professional partnerships.
The paper notes the way in which families have often been undermined by those authorities responsible for providing support. While a lifelong caring role will be a positive choice for some families, it should not be a requirement.
The commentary draws attention, in particular, to the importance of local authorities working more effectively with family carers.
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